Posted by R. Berg on January 28, 2002
In Reply to: Something rotten in Denmark posted by Sue Cutter on January 28, 2002
: I've heard this expression all my life and never until recently wondered where it came from. What's the story behind this one?
The story is "Hamlet." Act I, Scene 4: Marcellus (an officer) says "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark," having just seen the ghost of Hamlet's father, the late king of Denmark.